Best Knife Sharpener

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by smitty1505, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. smitty1505


    Oct 24, 2009
    hey guys i know that knife guys should learn to sharpen there own knives and ive tried everything and suck lol. i wish i had more time to practice but im always busy. i was wonder who is in your opinion the best sharpener i could send my knives too. i like them crazy crazy sharp. i have a sebenza and a sng and want the best :) thanks.
  2. A_Blade_Afficionado


    Jan 20, 2009
    Practice, practice, practice... More practice.
    I would recommend stones if you refuse to use power tools or a set of paper wheels or belt sander if you like power tools.
    But pactice is the only way to get good. Start on crap knives and get good before moving on to your good knives.
  3. BryFry


    Jul 29, 2009
    what he said^ +1:thumbup:

    Right now I'm liking DMT stones for V edges, and sandpaper on leather for convex. I finish both on a leather strop loaded with black then green stropping compound. :)

    ....I did learn alot of the basics by using a Lanski system though.
  4. SPXTrader


    Dec 26, 2006
    The best knife sharpener for extremely sharp edges?

    Tom Krein! :D
  5. Franz_N


    Apr 3, 2010
    I recommend the Spyderco Tri-angle sharpener, it's a great sharpener that's easy to use and you'll get a very sharp edge with it.
  6. Heiheit


    Feb 4, 2009
    I would steer clear of power tools like the paper wheels,ive messed up some pretty nice knives on that thing, but that is just my experience. Some people really like convex sharpening on a belt grinder and if you use google's site search you can find some of the threads on them. Again, I would steer clear just because I'm not confident in myself to use power tools on knives. I use diamond benchstones and the ceramic stones from the sharpmaker as well as a strop. I have a dmt aligner on the way with all the stones and diamond paste which I have very high hopes for! In the end it's about learning to hold a fairly consistent angle long enough to get an even bevel,scratch pattern and burr and then repeat.
  7. THG


    May 18, 2008
    Diamonds are the "best," in my opinion. They don't require oils or any of that mess, they last forever, and they cut better than anything else.
  8. Jason B.

    Jason B. KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 13, 2007
    Am I the only one that noticed he said "who" not "what"?
  9. SPXTrader


    Dec 26, 2006
    No. See my post above. :)
  10. ChapmanPreferred


    Oct 7, 2006
    I have experience with Tom Krein and would gladly recommend him!
  11. JTR357

    JTR357 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 10, 2007
    richardj or Tom Krein from my experience.
  12. basb


    Apr 27, 2010
    I use a cheap whetsone clamped under a angle using a protractor. Mimicing the sharpmaker.
    Have been using it since a few days and works pretty nice. Not the best, but cheap and it works :)
  13. keithcarter


    May 3, 2009
    I find those little (about 2" x 2") plastic sharpeners that have two little white ceramic rods crossing like an X to be the handiest things. I lube 'em with water. The red ones that come with fishing knives have a sharper angle than the yellow ones at Walmart. I prefer the more durable angle.
    I find the "Scrubbing bubbles" in the pressurized can will float any residue right off those ceramic rods, or any ceramic rod.
    For serious sharpening on a new blade, I use a set of diamond stones.
  14. A_Blade_Afficionado


    Jan 20, 2009
    Whoops. Well I find sending knives away to be sharpened a waste. You're better off learning and doing it yourself anyways. Sharpening knives is an indespensible skill and sending your knives to someone is cheating yourself.
    Mark Henry likes this.
  15. cziv


    Nov 24, 2005
    +1 :thumbup:
  16. THG


    May 18, 2008
    Oh, wow... My eyes are getting really bad. The letters are blurry on the screen, so I don't really even read words letter-for-letter anymore.
  17. basb


    Apr 27, 2010
    Haha didnt notice it either.
    But the point remains the same. Learning it can be a long trail but worth it. It saves money and the pride that comes after you have maneged to put a good edge on a knife is good too ;)
    Practice with a cheap knife and practice a lot.
    Im still learniung and use some of mothers kitchen knives. She has tons and most aren't remotely acceptable in my book so it can only get better :).
  18. FreddyChop


    Mar 24, 2013
    If you are talking about kitchen knife then go with Presto's electric one. It has a 2 stage sharpening and automatically angled so it makes it easy to use. To me it is not necessary to take it to a professional anymore since technology is making it easier for home use

    For hunting knives with serrations I would also recommend the Spyderco Tri-angle. It is easy to use and travel with. Many people say that they can get their edges really sharp. It comes with instructions and a dvd to help you get the best results.

    Found this article which gives more information about these knife sharpeners:
  19. 5001craig


    Jun 28, 2012
    Wicked Edge. Period.

    I don't have a lot of time either but absolutely hate mailing knives (have done three recently) because I have a fear that the knife will be lost. One of the three was a Randall Gambler that I waited four years to get that I sent back to Randall. Insurance does not matter if it takes me another four years to receive my replacement if lost.

    Look at the Wicked Edge. It really does not take that long to sharpen a knife or even reprofile one with this sharpener. I reprofiled a BM Grip in CPM M4 and it did not take that long at all. I have the Pro Pack 2 and the stones that came with that set are perfect for me.

    Plus, I have way too many knives to send away for sharpening...

  20. jasonsocool


    Jun 11, 2013
    Many people say that they can get their edges really sharp
    Found this article which gives more information about best knife sharpeners:
    best knife sharpener
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013

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